Developing a District-Wide System of Pathways

Learn why a district-wide strategy is an essential component for the success and sustainability of a career pathways initiative. Log on to learn how to lay a solid foundation for a pathways initiative. Topics include (1) establishing conditions for career pathways, (2) the district planning process—conducting a needs and capacity assessment and developing an implementation plan, (3) developing a coalition of community stakeholders, (4) engaging pathway teams in the design and launch process, (5) continuous improvement and certification, and (6) equity, access, and choice.

Module 3 | Unit 1
Building a district-wide system of pathways is critical to a sustainable career pathways initiative. Learn about the 6 phases for developing a district-wide system.
Module 3 | Unit 2
This section highlights the resources available to support pathway development, then dives into phases 1 and 2 of district systems development.
Module 3 | Unit 3
This section dives deep into the need for engaging community and building a broad-based coalition to support career pathways.
Module 3 | Unit 4
This module concludes by delving into phases 4–6 of pathway system development including the resources needed to support pathways, touching upon some key aspects of implementing pathways, and focusing on the need to assess and revise plans.
Module 3 | Unit 5
This modules outlines the process for assessing progress and revising plans. Just as continuous improvement is a central practice of high-quality pathways, it is equally important for school district systems.
Related Resources
Module Powerpoint Slides Thumbnail
Download the Powerpoint slides for the Developing a District-Wide System of Pathways module.
Pathway Quality Criteria Thumbnail
This publication outlines elements that should be included in a quality pathway.
Developing a Districtwide System of Pathways Guide Thumbnail
This ConnectEd Guide for Developing a System of Linked Learning Pathways will introduce school district leaders and their community partners to Linked Learning and a system of quality pathways that can transform high schools, instructional practice, and the student experience. Not intended to be prescriptive, this document can and should be adapted to meet local needs.
Perspectives from Superintendents and Board Members Thumbnail
Superintendents and Board Members weigh in on the need to create a system of Linked Learning pathways in their school districts.
Rubric for Linked Learning Pathway Quality Review and Continuous Improvement Thumbnail
The Rubric offers 19 elements that a district or school should consider in implementing programs and describes four stages of growth, ranging from foundation pieces to full development.
Broad-Based Coalition Guide Thumbnail
This step-by-step Guide will help communities conceptualize and form a Broad-Based Coalition that will mature over time and ultimately assume primary responsibility for sustaining a system of high quality pathways.